As the dust settles on the 105th Tour de France another chapter closes on a golden summer of sport. From the 176 who started, 145 brave souls made it through to Paris. Over the three weeks there were many broken bones, several fractured egos and a few new champions. Among all the madness was one Irishman — Dan Martin.
Dan Martin came agonisingly close to his second victory in this year’s Tour de France as the Irishman put in a heroic display of strength to finish second to Colombian Nairo Quintana (Movistar) on the Col du Portet — the hardest finishing climb of this year’s race.
Dan Martin has got his Tour de France campaign off to the best possible start with a Stage 6 victory on the first hilly test of the race to Mur de Bretagne ahead of Pierre Latour (Ag2r) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).